BRAVO at East Winds Band Camp, July-August 2019

While some of our middle school strings students are rehearsing their Portland Festival Symphony music, some of our middle school winds students are attending East Winds Band Camp, a week-long premier music day camp from Vibe of Portland.

East Winds Band Camp expanded their offerings this summer to include 3 large ensemble groups to accommodate students going into grades 5-12th, which works out great for our Chavez students!  From the website: “With an added high school ensemble, students will have even more opportunity to work on their music skills this summer and learn from some of the best directors and studio teachers in Portland!”

Student Profile: Eric

  Eric is an 8th grade trombonist at Cesar Chavez, finishing his fourth year in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble. “At first BRAVO was just something to keep busy, to do something. Now it’s a passion.” Eric loves all kinds of music and is glad that his BRAVO teachers introduce him to such a wide range… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Camelliah

  Camelliah is a 7th grade cellist at George Middle School, now in her 6th year at BRAVO. Cami is one of the original students in our first string orchestra at Rosa Parks School.  She started  BRAVO as a 2nd grader in the fall of 2013.  She was very shy at first, and now, after… Continue Reading

Student Profile: Amirah

Amirah is an 8th grader at George Middle School finishing her 5th year in BRAVO. She plays viola in the Esperanza Spalding Strings and in the BRAVO Community Orchestra. One of Amirah’s highlights this year was auditioning for and making the wait list for the YOLA National youth orchestra. “What I like best about being… Continue Reading

Student profile: Aisea

  An 8th grader at Cesar Chavez School, Aisea is finishing his third year as a trumpeter in the D’Rivera Wind Ensemble, and he’s had quite a year. He was wait listed for YOLA National (national youth orchestra for students in El Sistema-inspired programs), he took second place in shot put at the Meet of… Continue Reading

June 20, 5:30pm: BRAVO joins with Mercy Corps for World Refugee Day

On World Refugee Day, Mercy Corps is joining forces with BRAVO Youth Orchestras and celebrated musicians from the Portland community for a special performance and fundraiser benefiting refugees around the world. The Oregon Symphony’s Inés Voglar Belgique and Chilean cuatro player Freddy Vilches will perform with BRAVO faculty and students. This Take Action Happy Hour has a special focus… Continue Reading

May 24, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra spring concert at U of P

Join us when our intergenerational Community Orchestra presents a wide-ranging program: Rossini’s overture to The Barber of Seville (made famous by Bugs Bunny); Symphony #1 by Joseph Bologne, also known as the Chevalier de Saint-Georges; Danny Elfman’s soundtrack to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; and the beloved Ashokan Farewell, the theme to Ken Burns’ documentary… Continue Reading